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60% of Japan's population lives in houses. It's not clear to me that the house-owners are typically well-off middle class, or that the 40% of apartment dwellers are typically in the poorer segment. On the contrary, I suspect that the small-town and country house-owners typically have modest incomes, and that the high earners are concentrated in apartments in bigger cities. The sociological effect of the feed-in tariff for rooftop PV is to favour the countryside dwellers over city dwellers; the class-based transfer of wealth you allege would have to be validated by someone who knows Japan better, but I doubt that it would be strong.

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by eurogreen on Mon Jun 25th, 2012 at 05:34:51 AM EST
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Good points. But again we are talking about residential rooftop solar only, which gets a lot less favourable feed-in rate. But what could be the effect of the wealth transfer to installers of 10 kW or larger units? IMO a positive effect could be acceptance by small and mid-level enterprises: instead of fearing rising energy prices, they could hope for partial self-supply with extra income for excess production. The profits accrued by investors of the largest projects could generate negative public opinion, however, unless local utilities are heavily involved.

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by DoDo on Mon Jun 25th, 2012 at 06:50:57 AM EST
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